Music City Nuremberg

The Main Stage of the Bardentreffen. Foto: Anh Tran

There is one event in the last weekend of July that you should definitely clear your calendar for. It’s called Bardentreffen. Some say it’s the best event of the year and this is not at all an exaggeration.Bardentreffen is an annual open-air music festival. This year marks the 43rd celebration of the tradition. The city was filled with music. There were concert stages in Hauptmarkt, Mensa der schultz, Lorenz Kircher …etc.

But one can also find small performances in the alleys, or at some random corner of the streets. You can check the agenda and list of artists on the event website.

For me, I prefer walking around and letting chance determines which performance to watch. This is because some of the most amazing performances on the street are not listed on the website.

Nürnberg is said to be pretty diverse. If one simply walks around the city, one would not reach that conclusion since the population is predominantly white. However, during Bardentreffen, many people of different backgrounds coming together to enjoy the event. Artists came from all over the world, playing various instruments to create beautiful music. “Not everyone can become a great artist, but a great artist can come from anywhere”, and yes, this is a “Ratatouille” reference.

You can be cool but you would never be old man dancing to Jazz cool. Photo: Anh Tran

I was very impressed by how many different genres of music were being represented: Pop, Hip-Hop, Rap…etc. I especially love Catalan band, Txarango. I hope that they come back next year. My flatmate, who came from Barcelona, explained to me very clearly the distinction between Catalonia and Spain. But it doesn’t matter where your political position stands, you can still dance to Txarango because they are that good.

The event was supposed to end around 23:00 but people still did not want to go home. People continued to dance and sing on the street afterwards.

People dancing Salsa even though the event was over. Photo: Anh Tran

I was hanging out in the city all three days of the event. The cool thing about music everywhere was that everyone was friendly and happy. There was a sense of togetherness in the air; we do not speak the same language or come from the same country, but we understood that we were part of the celebration. So mark your calendar because it would be a shame to miss out on Bardentreffen.

Anh Tran